BD Glenn
March, 2018

Aaaliya is a 9-year-old girl from Sirimanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Her family knew she has a hole in her heart since she was 1 month old, when she developed severe breathing problem. The pediatrician told the family, Aaliya would recover with the help of medication. Aaliya had to drop out of school as she often fainted in school.

Aaliya’s father Altaf Hussain is a tutor, who teaches and earns 7,000 rupees per month.  Altaf stays with his wife and 5 children.

The family wanted a second opinion from a doctor at AIIMS. The doctor said Aaliya would need a surgery at the age of 5 for a Congenital Heart Defect. In 2013, when Aaliya turned, she had to be admitted to the hospital for 9 days because of a urine infection. Her surgery could not to be conducted since she was extremely weak at that time and would have not recovered post-surgery. Aaliya’s health became a growing concern for her family as she was easily susceptible to infections and diseases.

Altaf approached an NGO, Save Life Foundation, who contacted Fortis Foundation.

After knowing the condition of the patient, Fortis Foundation and Radha Mohan Mehrotra Medical Relief Trust (RMMMRT) immediately extended support to the family. Aaliya had a successful surgery on 20th March 2018. Dr. Vijay Agarwal and his team conducted the surgery at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurugram.

Aaliya aspires to become a teacher and impart knowledge.